Two constables are target of Dallas County probe


by By KEVIN KRAUSE / The Dallas Morning News

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 19 at 5:54 PM


Brad Watson reports

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DALLAS - Dallas County commissioners will investigate allegations against two constables.

County Judge Jim Foster and the commissioners will announce their decision to appoint an independent investigator at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday during a news conference in the county administration building.

The investigator will look into the operations of Constables Derick Evans and Jaime Cortes as well as allegations brought forward by various individuals. Numerous deputy constables from those precincts have complained about official oppression.

The constables recently have come under fire for using primarily one company to tow and impound thousands of vehicles without requiring the company to submit reports showing what happened to the vehicles.

Cortes and some of his deputies have for some time been driving vehicles with temporary tags, raising questions about where they acquired the vehicles.

Cortes and Evans said there is nothing improper about their towing operations and they denied any wrongdoing.